Strawweights Yan Xiaonan and Marina Rodriguez has been added to UFC 272, according to Xiaonan’s management, Paradigm Sports.
Paradigm Sports confirmed the matchup in a tweet earlier today. The UFC has not officially confirmed the bout as of yet.
— Paradigm Sports (@ParadigmSports) December 29, 2021
With strawweight champion Rose Namajunas set to rematch Carla Esparza, the next title shot could go to the winner of this title eliminator. The No. 3 Rodriguez (15-1-2), 34, is coming off a big win over Mackenzie Dern in October.
Meanwhile, No. 4 Xiaonan (13-2-0, 1NC), 32, is looking to rebound from a TKO loss to Esparza back in May. This fight looks to be a striker vs. striker classic, although Rodriguez also has a ground game to contend with.
UFC 272 is scheduled for Mar. 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Scheduled bouts include:
#3 MARINA RODRIGUEZ (15-1-2) VS. #4 YAN XIAONAN (13-2-0, 1NC)
EDSON BARBOZA (22-10-0) VS. BRYCE MITCHELL (14-0-0)
#9 JESSICA EYE (15-10-0) VS. #14 MANON FIOROT (8-1-0)
MARIYA AGAPOVA (10-2-0) VS. MARYNA MOROZ (10-3-0)
TIM ELLIOTT (17-12-1) VS. TAGIR ULANBEKOV (14-1-0)
MICHEL OLEKSIEJCZUK (16-4-0, 1NC) VS. DUSTIN JACOBY (16-5-1)
More bouts are expected to be announced.